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Casciana - a haven of peace in beautiful surroundings

House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

Nestled in the enchanting hill top village of Casciana is Il Rosmarino. This rustic Italian home opens out onto a lovely terrace which has stunning views of the surrounding countryside. This is an ideal setting to enjoy a peaceful vacation in a beautiful location.

Il Rosmarino sleeps six and has three double bedrooms together with three bathrooms. Two bedrooms are located upstairs and the other is downstairs but away from the main living room area.

The lounge is spacious, comfortable and cosy and doubles as a dining room should it be too chilly or damp to eat outside on the terrace. The kitchen is well equipped with all the modern amenities and also has a typical Italian style log burner which is of course warm and welcoming in the cooler months of the year.

The ample terrace opens up from the lounge and has stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Ideal for all day dining and sipping the local Italian wines in the evening as you ponder life's wonders!

Il Rosmarino is in an ideal setting for those wanting a peaceful holiday with breathtaking views and where you can enjoy seeing many of the ancient villages in the area. It is great for long walks and discovering the many gems in the area as well as local traditional Tuscan restaurants.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Lerici 25 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Pisa or Genoa 85 km, Nearest railway: Aulla 2 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

General Central heating, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (6), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The beds are arranged as three doubles, although they are actually six single beds, which gives total versatility. The lounge area is comfortable, and many family books and maps are available. There are local guide books for those wishing to travel around the area. Although there is no air conditioning, the floors are local stone tiles, thus making the interior cool, and each bedroom has a fan. We choose to have no access to TV whilst there, but we do have a CD player for music, and there is a small selection of games available. A cot can be borrowed from a neighbour should a family wish to take a cot-sized baby. Nearby Equi Terme has beach type facilities in a thermal setting and the Belvedere Hotel at Minucciana has a pool open to non residents for just 1 Euro. This hotel is 15 minutes drive and offers a good menu in friendly surroundings.

Further details outdoors

Our terrace is a most attractive area with private sunbathing for those who are sun worshipers. The views from the terrace are breathtaking, and it makes a fabulous place for breakfast, lunch and dinner! We have an outside light, so sitting on the terrace can be extended into the wee small hours if you so wish.

Bookings in June can enjoy the dancing fireflies below the terrace after dark.

Local villagers are friendly and supplies of groceries and fresh fish are available weekly from travelling shops. There are of course local supermarkets not too far away.

Parking is available in the tiny car park a short walk away. It is possible to pick up people at the end of the little walkway, or drop off luggage or groceries. You can unload luggage or groceries on to a little stone seat near the house and no-one would dream of touching them until you had parked the car and returned to carry them to the front door!

Further details

There are adequate facilities in the house for six people. Although we have had elderly friends to stay, including a blind friend and a friend with walking difficulties, it is not suitable for wheel chair users as it is hilly in the surrounding area, and there are five or six shallow steps down the little path towards the front door. The house is a tobacco free residence. One of the bedrooms is a downstairs room with shower room adjoining, which is good for elderly or less active people.

The Tuscany region

Tuscany is the place where most people believe they would wish to visit - it has become synonymous with Italy. However, the North of Tuscany is very different. It is Blair-free, Clooney-free and celebrity-in-general free.

The North of Tuscany is mountainous, friendly, and not terribly geared to the tourist trade. There are thermal springs where you can cover yourself with warm healing mud, there are wild boar to be seen crossing the road at dusk, and in the early Spring, the cuckoo sings all day. We smell acacia blossom in the Spring and pick up sweet chestnuts from the trees around the house in the Autumn. We are near enough to the coast as well as the mountains and you could ski in the morning and enjoy the Ligurian coastal warmth in the afternoon during the Winter months. Malaspino castles abound in the numerous and enchanting hill-top villages, and there are some fine restaurants within reach, although we would say a car is essential to enjoy the area.

Casola in Lunigiana

The Apuane Alps are in the most Northern corner of Tuscany, and the scenery around the property is mountainous and very beautiful - waterfalls, river courses, historic castles ....and all this only 45 minutes from the coast , well within reach of Porto Venere, from where you can access the World Heritage area of the Cinque Terre. Lucca, a medieval walled city, is an hour away. We have been able to access the Puccini festival from our house, as well as Parma and Porto Fino, another picturesque area.

This is an area rich with festivals. Fivizanno boats a jazz festival, as well as an excellent flag throwing team, who appear at the medieval festival in August, held at Grangola, just a few miles from the house. Equi Terme holds a moving live nativity during December, and we are near enough Sarzana to go to the once a month antique fair. Lucca is the birth plasce of Puccini, so there are classical concerts each night there, as well as the Puccini festival at Torre di Largo, during July and August. Codiponte holds an Autumn festival at the beginning of September, and there are festivities in Parma connected with ham and cheese. The February carnival at Viareggio is second only to the Venice carnival, - all of these and many more are within easy reach, using the autostrada, which you join at Aulla. If you are prepared to travel further afield (2 hours approx.) you can reach Florence, Siena, Bologna, Genoa, Pisa, Porto Fino - look on a map - you're choice!

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Calendar last updated:28 Nov 2013

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